# Subset sum NP-Completness

I know that the subset sum problem is NP-Complete because I can reduce a known NP-Complete problem to subset sum.

However, since subset sum can be solved by dynamic programming, I was not completely convinced that it is NP-Complete. I then realized that the dynamic programming solution in fact tries all possible combinations and because of this, is in fact the same as a brute force approach. Is this a valid insight into why subset sum is NP-Complete?